When to Avoid Drop-Down Lists

Drop-down lists are commonly used user interface components. Whether you enter your address on the jersey or choose the colour of the dress when shopping online, you interact with them frequently. 

Without further ado, let's take a look at the pros and cons of drop-down lists and when you should avoid them altogether.

  • If your options list contains less than five items, you don't need to use a drop-down list. A list containing one to five items does not need to be hidden behind a drop-down list. Instead, you can choose radio or buttons. This ensures that all possible options are in the foreground for the user. While this reduces clicking, it makes it easier to see which option has been selected from all the available options.
  • Do not use a drop-down list if the action is intended to turn a feature on or off. A drop down isn't the best option if your goal is to provide users with a way to turn a feature on or off. If it will also be used, choose a transition or transition instead. They clarify the current state, and changing the state requires less effort than clicking a drop-down list and selecting the desired result.

What could be the exceptions?

The design is flexible, but there are almost always exceptions to the rules.

Of course, you can have the "rules" as you wish. We just tried to tell you how to use dropdown. Consider these guidelines, but we recommend doing your research or listening to your users to identify the best UX models for you or your business.

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